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Criticising ELF

Criticising ELF
Criticising ELF
Readers of JELF will be well aware that over its relatively short history, research into ELF has been subjected to a steady stream of criticism. Some of this criticism has been constructive and objective and, in turn, has informed thinking about ELF and helped researchers to develop their empirical work and move the field on. Other criticism has been of a very different order: subjective, unconstructive, often ad hominem, and demonstrating a very limited (if any) understanding of ELF on the part of the author.
The most recent example of the “uninformed criticising ELF” genre, to our knowledge, is O’Regan (2014a), an article that appeared earlier this year in the normally reputable journal, Applied Linguistics, and purports to be providing an “immanent” critique of ELF. However, it turns out to do nothing of the kind. And as it is such a “clear” example of the genre of unconstructive, uninformed attacks on ELF research(ers), we will take a close look at this latest one and provide our own critique of it from an ELF perspective
2191-9216
191-198
Baker, Will
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Jenkins, Jennifer
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Baker, Will
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Jenkins, Jennifer
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Baker, Will and Jenkins, Jennifer (2015) Criticising ELF. Journal of English as a Lingua Franca, 4 (1), 191-198.

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Readers of JELF will be well aware that over its relatively short history, research into ELF has been subjected to a steady stream of criticism. Some of this criticism has been constructive and objective and, in turn, has informed thinking about ELF and helped researchers to develop their empirical work and move the field on. Other criticism has been of a very different order: subjective, unconstructive, often ad hominem, and demonstrating a very limited (if any) understanding of ELF on the part of the author.
The most recent example of the “uninformed criticising ELF” genre, to our knowledge, is O’Regan (2014a), an article that appeared earlier this year in the normally reputable journal, Applied Linguistics, and purports to be providing an “immanent” critique of ELF. However, it turns out to do nothing of the kind. And as it is such a “clear” example of the genre of unconstructive, uninformed attacks on ELF research(ers), we will take a close look at this latest one and provide our own critique of it from an ELF perspective

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Accepted/In Press date: November 2014
Published date: March 2015
Organisations: Modern Languages

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Local EPrints ID: 375301
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/375301
ISSN: 2191-9216
PURE UUID: 5a55df87-381c-4d68-a4d7-bc9ed0777911

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Date deposited: 23 Mar 2015 09:50
Last modified: 02 Nov 2017 12:34

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Author: Will Baker

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